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Today's lineups

As expected, Willie Harris and Mike Morse are in there and Josh Willingham gets a day off for usual maintenance. Watching Livan Hernandez-Justin Verlander will be like eating ice cream and drinking hot coffee at the same time.

Nationals
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Cristian Guzman, 2B
3. Adam Dunn, 1B
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Ivan Rodriguez, C
6. Roger Bernadina, RF
7. Willie Harris, LF
8. Mike Morse, DH
9. Ian Desmond, SS
-- Livan Hernandez, SP

Tigers
1. Don Kelly, CF
2. Johnny Damon, DH
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Brennan Boesch, LF
6. Carlos Guillen, 2B
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Gerald Laird, C
9. Ramon Santiago, SS
-- Justin Verlander, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 16, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
 
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Comments

honestly, livan should hit for willie.

Posted by: longterm | June 16, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking the same thing. The problem is that Livan is likely not going the full 9 innings, so we would need someone to hit for the other pitchers. Storen can bat for himself, right?

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honestly, livan should hit for willie.

Posted by: longterm | June 16, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | June 16, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

7th spot notwithstanding, this is a good lineup. At least Morse is forcing Riggs to play him, which is a good thing.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 16, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

BTW why did he change his name from Mike to Michael all of a sudden. That's kinda weird. Doesn't he have more important things to worry about?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 16, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Who says he changed it? Maybe he's been Michael all along, and the broadcasters etc. all just called him Mike because, well, they just did. Maybe as a new guy on the bubble, he didn't feel like he had standing to correct them.
I remember the Pirates trying to call Roberto Clemente "Bobby" for a while. The Phillies, looking for the Ashburn tie-in, tried to sell "Richie" to Dick Allen. Anybody named Charles or William or any of several other names knows how it goes. Some people would call John the Baptist "Jackie".

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 16, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Sec3,

How about Count da Money rather than Count de Monet.

Posted by: Section505203 | June 16, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why Mike was dropped, but if it got rid of the mullet, too, it was worth it.

Posted by: Section506 | June 16, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Coffee ice cream is my favorite.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | June 16, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Didn't he change from Baron DeWoods?
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Sec3,
How about Count da Money rather than Count de Monet.
Posted by: Section505203 | June 16, 2010 4:37 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 16, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

That should be "Baron DeWoods [processing salmon]"

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 16, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

hmmm, I thought of iced coffee on first reading but good call, Patty (with chocolate sauce, even better).

And that last one, sec3? Waaay over my head... :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

On second thought, never mind. I think I got it now...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"Watching Livan Hernandez-Justin Verlander will be like eating ice cream and drinking hot coffee at the same time"

Outstanding line, AK...

Posted by: HotNats | June 16, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"BTW why did he change his name from Mike to Michael all of a sudden. That's kinda weird. Doesn't he have more important things to worry about?"

Plus he got an Ian Desmond, Pudge Rodriguez hair cut.

See Adam's previous post, here's a fragment paraphrasing Jim Leyland who's managed teams to a few world series:

"He's hitting .336! That's the kind of production you want. [Shucks], I can find a nice bunch of guys you want in the clubhouse. I can find that. He's producing. That's what's good. That's how I look at."

Look at Willie Harris batting production. Now look at JMax. Now look at Miguel Batista. Compare to Michael nee' Mike Morse. Now, ask yourself, what's more important to our Jim, Jim Riggleman, good clubhouse vibes and the right hair cut? Or production? ~smiles~

Posted by: periculum | June 16, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Notice it's STEPHEN Strasburg, not Steve.

And they never refer to him as just "Stephen." It's either "Stephen Strasburg," or just "Strasburg."

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Has Dunn played DH yet?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | June 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea where all that "now look at" stuff was going, but I'm hugely disappointed that it didn't end with "I'm on a horse".

Posted by: joebleux | June 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

As long as he doesn't change is name to Michelle, I'm ok.

Posted by: thelonghaul | June 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Has Dunn played DH yet?"

Last night, in the only Riggleman lineup that has made sense on this interleague road trip. Dunn DH, Morse 1B. Pudge, Willingham, Desmond, Bernadina all in there as they should be.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 16, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Adam's quote of Jim Leyland appears to go in the face of tonight's lineup and many Jim Riggleman has doodled up in the past:

"Take all that clubhouse [stuff] and all that, throw it out the window. Every writer in the country has been writing about that [nonsense] for years. Chemistry don't mean [anything]. He's up here because he's good. That don't mean [a hill of beans]. They got good chemistry because their team is improved, they got a real good team, they got guys knocking in runs, they got a catcher hitting .336, they got a phenom pitcher they just brought up."

This definitely does not in the least sound like Jim Riggleman. Not in the least.

Posted by: periculum | June 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I guess the excuse tomorrow after Harris goes 0-4 was he had to face Verlander.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | June 16, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know why Mike was dropped, but if it got rid of the mullet, too, it was worth it."

Morse didn't have a mullet, he just had long hair. That's not what a mullet is. A mullet is "business in the front, party in the back", as explained here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mullet_(haircut)

Hint: Tim Lincecum doesn't have a mullet either.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 16, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Winning tonight and losing tomorrow seems about right for the Nats (see Giants series vs. Lincecum).

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124

Posted by: CJArlington | June 16, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Boom, goes the Dunnkey - 1-0 Nats!

Posted by: BinM | June 16, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Game-string up.

Posted by: BinM | June 16, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Brain Wilson, otoh, has a reasonable facsimile.

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Hint: Tim Lincecum doesn't have a mullet either.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 16, 2010 6:18 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 17, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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